New Church Workers
The church of the 21st century faces a crisis in the supply of pastors for both existing congregations and for those new congregations being formed by immigrant populations.
Seminary enrollments have declined. The percentage of pastors at or near retirement age has grown significantly. Many of our strong urban churches of the past, while still having the potential for a significant ministry, have declined in membership and in their ability to support a pastor.
At the same time, we have been blessed with the opportunity to start a significant number of new congregations among ethnic immigrant populations. These congregations need to be served by pastors who are thoroughly grounded in Lutheran theology and able to relate to the language and culture of the people they serve.
Mid-Atlantic Lutherans in Mission offers our partners the opportunity to support two of the innovative programs designed to address the need for new workers in the 21st century church. Click on the Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology (EIIT) button or the Special Ministry Pastor (SMP) button below to find out more about these avenues to ministry and how you might support students enrolled in them.